The 2017 USDA Agricultural Census data for Berks County is summarized in the County Profile. The complete 2017 USDA Agricultural Census data may be found here.
The agricultural commodities are Berks County are diverse, with top leading sectors as follows:
- nursery, greenhouse, Christmas trees, and sod;
- poultry and eggs;
- milk from cows
USDA Census of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service
Find full agricultural census data and other information here.
2017 Berks County Food Access Study
A study was conducted in 2017 to determine food accessibility in Berks County, particularly for residents utilizing SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). However, the study expanded to map out food retailers, farmers' markets, farm stands, and CSAs (farms providing a "subscription" produce program). A presentation summarizing the study was made during the August 9, 2017 Planning Commission meeting, and supporting documents are listed below.
Interactive Google Map of Farmers' Markets (web page)
Supermarket/Grocery Store Map (pdf)
Farmers Markets Map (pdf)
SNAP Approved Retailers Map (pdf)
Food Retail Accessibility for Low Income Areas (pdf)